The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has been expanding into a number of new territories recently. Last year we saw the poker tour make a historic first stop in India and this year they have already announced APT Asian Series Mauritius (August 19-25, 2012) and APT Asian Series Cambodia (November 14-20, 2012). Now, the APT is throwing yet another brand new stop into the mix – Jeju Island, South Korea.
The tournament will be part of the APT Asian Series schedule and will feature more affordable event buy-ins. At this stage there are no confirmed dates for the tournament but it is expected to happen sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
The news came after APT Tournament Manager Jason Morris recently signed the contract with their venue partner for the tournament. APT Asian Series Jeju will be held at the Royal Palace Casino Jeju, which is located on the ground floor of the Oriental Hotel, Jeju City. On hand to officiate over the signing was Youn On, President of the Royal Palace Casino Jeju.
Morris said, “Overall I’m very impressed with our hotel and venue partner in Jeju, particularly the area inside Royal Palace Casino Jeju where the tournament will occur. There are certainly exciting times ahead for the APT and its players.”
As with past Korean poker tournaments, it’s expected that local players will need a foreign passport to be able to enter the event. Korean casinos encourage foreign visitors and tourism in the country but have regulations that generally restrict Koreans from entering the casino premises. Despite this, player numbers are still expected to be high.
While this will a first for the APT visiting the country, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) recently made a successful return to Seoul in March 2012, attracting 268 players to its Main Event compared to 186 on its previous stop there in 2008.
For more information on the APT visit www.TheAsianPokerTour.com.
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